27 February 2006
now I am happy
I remember this particular moment so well and willed myself to do so. did you ever do that when you were a kid? think about all the moments that were lost forever and then decide you were going to remember that moment, no matter what? and now, so many years later, you know you tried to remember them but you don't, not really. but you remember that you tried to remember them and I guess that's something.
back to miami, july 2001. right after I shot this of ward and ava, I put down the camera and put all my senses to work. I wanted to remember every detail about that moment. the brilliant turquoise, blues and greens of the ocean. the way the sky and the clouds looked, the palpable feel of the air, thick with moisture and the scent. holy smokes, the scent. a glorious mix of salt and suntan lotion. my feet in the sand, the deafening sound of the ocean. ward and ava off in the distance, playing in the water. faint squeals of delight coming from ava and the sound of splashing. the skin on my shoulders that felt hot from the sun and the trickles of sweat making their way down my back. a pile of collected shells at my feet. the fantastic breeze blowing and I remember feeling tired. but it was a good tired, a content, vacation kind of tired. and while I am fortunate to have this gorgeous photo to remind me of everything (and it is one of my all-time favorite photos), I'm happy to say that I don't really need it.
I'm not a big fan of winter, even though I was born in winter time and I love snow. we never get snow down here though, just cold dreariness and rain. february always finds me pining for summer. gimme some sweltering summer, the hotter the better. I need me a little summertime fix and a look through old photos should do the trick. well, that and a trip to the attic, where I will get out the beach towels and smell them (they still smell like the ocean and the pool). and shaking out the beach toys that still have sand on them. so, yeah. that should just about do it.
come to miami with me. more photos are here.